For Full Story: Spectrum News 13

Article By: Greg Pallone


Four days after blasting into space, then landing, another SpaceX rocket part returned to Port Canaveral early Monday afternoon. The Falcon 9 first-stage booster arrived in port atop the company’s drone ship. The rocket soared to orbit with a Qatar communications satellite called Es’hail-2 from Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A Thursday afternoon. The satellite will provide communications for the Middle East and areas of North Africa. After liftoff, X marked the spot, as the Falcon 9 first-stage booster landed on SpaceX’s drone ship several hundred miles out in the Atlantic. It was the second mission for the booster, first firing to space in July.